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Antique Kuba rug, so called "Lesghi Star" design, Southern Kuba Region, North East Azerbaijan.

186 X 114 cm
Beginning of the 20th century

On the midnight-blue central field five star medallions (goels) are integrated. The little space remaining is covered with rosettes and cross-blossoms. Three broad borders dominate the multi-strip border system. The broadest comprises an alternating row of circular rosettes interspersed with pairs of connected triangles. A second border with a vine meander of alternating white and red palmettes constitutes the neighbouring main border. The next border consists of a bent, unbroken and intermittent vine meander bearing alternatingly square and circular blossoms. Narrow stripes separate the borders.

Warp: Wool, Z3 S and Z2, dark ivory; W, Z2. Weft: Wool, Z2, 1 weft, alternately tight, thereby layered.
Pile: Wool,Z2,
Pile Height:3mm.
Knots: Symmetrical 3, \, 45 , H 60-65, V40 = c. 2,400-2,600 Kn/dm2.
Handle: Velours to velvet-like, thin, ribbed.
Upper End: 0.5 cm woolen flat-woven end of 2 dark blue soumak rows.
Selvedge: c. 1 cm dark blue wool shirazi of 3 ribs in figure-of-eight wrapping with supplemental threads.

Literature: L Kerimov II, ills. 142,144, 145, 146. However, the pieces appear to come from different areas.
published at Siyawouch Azadi "Azerbaijani Caucasian rugs" plate no: 44